History in Mississippi

Mississippi is rich with history. It’s where the Civil War, civil rights, architecture, and the arts intersect. During your stay, take the time to learn at some of the most historical sites in the Magnolia State and appreciate the imprint each one left on American history. At Visit Mississippi, we can be your guide. Let us help you plan a route through history that pairs well with your interests and your schedule.

Learn About the Civil War

Joining the Union as the 20th state in 1817, Mississippi played a vital role in the Civil War. During the war, Vicksburg and other cities became crucial locations of the conflict. Today, the memories and stories of Mississippians and war-torn cities are preserved throughout the state. Here are several notable locations where you can learn more during your visit:

  • Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site
  • Cedar Hill Cemetery and Soldier’s Rest
  • Edmondson Cemetery
  • Corinth Contraband Camp
  • Vicksburg National Military Park
  • DeSoto County Confederate Monument

No matter where your travels take you, history is never far away. From stately monuments to churches and gravesites, numerous locations of historical significance exist throughout the state.

Civil Rights

Take a journey into the past to dig deeper into the fight for racial equality in American history. You can follow the Civil Rights Trail and find other historical markers throughout Mississippi. Choose from several museums, destinations, and some of the most pivotal locations to the civil rights movement, including:

  • Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
  • Canton Freedom House Civil Rights Museum
  • Mississippi Freedom Trail
  • Emmett Till Historic Intrepid Center
  • Tougaloo College
  • Medgar Evers Home Museum
  • Matt Ross Administration Building
  • Neshoba County Historic Sites

By visiting these and other locations, you can learn more about the events that occurred in Mississippi that ignited a movement toward freedom and justice and learn from the people who helped shape the course of civil rights history.

Appreciate Architectural Heritage First-Hand

Every building and landmark in Mississippi tell a story. From towering churches to a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, visitors can marvel at the architectural masterpieces that span centuries and cities across the state. Here are some architectural gems you won’t want to miss during your stay:

  • Waverly Mansion
  • Mississippi Governor’s Mansion
  • Mississippi State Capitol
  • Montrose Museum
  • Belmont Plantation
  • Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens
  • The Oaks House Museum
  • Wesson House

Mississippi is brimming with some of the most beautiful architecture in America. Take in the sights during an evening stroll or a day out on the town.

Tour Museums in Mississippi

History buffs, music lovers, and art connoisseurs can enjoy an assortment of museums across the state. Mississippi museums celebrate iconic names in music history, science, art and so much more, so adding a museum tour or two can make your itinerary complete. Some of the most memorable museums include:

  • The Gateway to the Blues Visitors Center and Museum
  • MDWFP Museum of Natural Science
  • Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Museum
  • GRAMMY Museum
  • B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center
  • Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Walter Anderson Museum of Art
  • Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art
  • Old Capitol Museum

Whether you’re searching for family-friendly activities, learning opportunities or both, Mississippi is home to some of the most well-curated and interactive museums in the American South.

Let Us Be Your Guide to Historic Mississippi

Let Visit Mississippi help you plan your trip. To get started, request a tour guide, or use our online trip planner to mark points of interest on your journey. Contact us today for more information.

Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Museum


The mission of the Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Museum is to preserve the history, heritage, and traditions of hunting, fishing, and the Great Outdoors in Mississippi; to honor the people that have been a part of it;and to educate the public […]

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Montrose and the Montrose Museum

Holly Springs, MS  FEATURED

Montrose is a two-story columned Greek Revival home built as a wedding present for the daughter of Alfred Brooks. It is now operated by the Holly Springs Garden Club as a house museum. The arboretum contains over 50 different specimens […]

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Robert Johnson’s Grave & Self Guided Driving Tour

Greenwood, MS  FEATURED

A creative genius who lived fast and died young, Robert Johnson has continued to influence generations of musicians across a wide spectrum of genres. Legends from Robert Plant to Bonnie Raitt have studied and imitated the guitar skills and vocal […]

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The Oaks House Museum

Jackson, MS

This Greek Revival-style home is the oldest continuously occupied residence in the city. Built around 1853 by Jackson Mayor James H. Boyd, it survived the devastating fire of 1863. The home may have served as headquarters for General William T. […]

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Elvis Presley Birthplace

Tupelo, MS

The most significant landmark of Tupelo’s modern history is a modest, two-room house where the King of Rock & Roll was born on January 8, 1935. From this humble beginning, Elvis Presley began his swift rise to become the world’s […]

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Bryant’s Grocery

Money, MS

The Mississippi Freedom Trail Marker is located in Money, about nine miles north of Greenwood. Fourteen-year-old Emmett Till came to this site to buy candy in August 1955. White shopkeeper Carolyn Bryant accused the black youth of flirting with her, […]

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